Hudson Yards: New York's incredible new $35b tourist attraction opens

New York's $US25 billion ($A35 billion) Hudson Yards development is open to the public, offering both basic daily life amenities and luxuries that have earned it the nickname "Manhattan's mini-city".

People lined up to climb the 2500 steps to the top of a massive, honeycomb-shaped sculpture called Vessel - the visual centrepiece of a complex of high-rises on Manhattan's West Side with pricey commercial and residential space, plus about 100 shops and restaurants.

The Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, has 154 interconnecting open-air staircases, and for photographers, 8 viewing landings and is made of bronzed steel and concrete

CNN will be a tenant at Hudson Yards along with its parent company, WarnerMedia. Other well-known corporate tenants include L'Oreal USA and Equinox.

Hudson Yards bills itself "the cultural centre of Manhattan's New West Side", and on its first day, the culture came in the form of familiar brands at the five-floor retail mall - from Dior, Fendi and Neiman Marcus to Uniqlo, Banana Republic and H&M. New employees being trained inside the shops got last-minute tips before customers arrived at noon. 

Only half of the 28-acre (11.3 hectare) community by the Hudson River is completed, including the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere atop a 100-story building, and The Shed, an art centre with a telescoping outer shell.

The rest of Hudson Yards is to be constructed by 2025.

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